Deckle edge print trimmer question.

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  1. Samuel Hotton

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    Does anyone know where a Deckle edge print trimmer (Guillotine) may be purchased please. I do not need to trim prints larger than 4"x6". I have seen the scissors in craft shops, but the deckle is too coarse.
    With thanks,
    Sam H.
     
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    Does it have to be guillotine rather than rotary? I've found it reasonably easy to find deckle blades for rotary cutters.

    -NT
     
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    It took me quite awhile to find a vintage one but they do popup on the big auction site from time to time. Mine did not have a brand name on it but was marked made in Germany. The blades on these things are quite a manufacturing feat. I doubt you can sharpen one after heavy use as the blades on both sides are perfectly matched in the deckled pattern. Rotary is the most available option if you need it now.
     
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    Not all the scrapbooking ones are very coarse. There's also a handheld rotary cutter (from Fiskars) that has several blades available and one is deckle (I find it hard to go straight with it, though). Check different scrapbooking stores as well as Joanns, Michaels, ACMoore, and Hobby Lobby - they don't all carry the same stuff.
     
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    I picked up one of the guillotine-type German deckle edge cutters a while back. It was a bit dull, but I found I was able to sharpen it because the blade serrations curve in an arc.

    It takes me back in time but also makes me crave single weight paper and a ferrotype drum...
     
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    That's good news to hear! The serrated contact points looked so closely matched I thought any attempt at sharpening when dull would make too wide of a gap between to two halves and cause ripping of the paper.